Star Wars: BB-9E Sixth Scale Figure from Hot Toys Review

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You can’t stop the marketing of Star Wars.  Seems like they create things for the films that can easily be sold as a collectible or action figure.  Some I buy into, and some I just can’t. I shouldn’t have been surprised when I saw the creation of BB-9E, a blatant re-imagining of BB-8, for The Last Jedi.  The thing is, I thought it was a great idea.

I think of BB-8 being a ying to BB-8’s yang, I suppose.  Hell, we’ve seen R2 and R5 units as Imperials, so why not this?  Suffice to say, I immediately knew that if there was a sixth scale version of BB-9E ever from either Hot Toys or Sideshow, I would pick it up to contrast my BB-8 figure in my collection (review here) and give some droid love to my First Order figures.  Thankfully Hot Toys did make one!

BB-9E is available currently as a stand alone purchase or in a two pack with BB-8 and bonus mouse droid.  I just couldn’t justify getting the two-pack.  I already have a BB-8 and the extra accessories just wasn’t worth the money.  I know the new BB-8 also had the weathering effect I really wanted to see on the initial release but that money could be put towards other collectibles (or bills….gotta pay bills!)

The packaging is smaller than the standard Hot Toys packaging for Star Wars figures and understandably so.  The box continues the new trend of having the collectible within also featured on the back instead of the credits, which are now found on the bottom.

The figure is just over 4″ tall and functions exactly like BB-8 with the self balancing mechanism that allows the head to roll over the spherical body of the droid.  It’s so cool to see that these figures can do that.  I find, though, that the head on this figure doesn’t roll as smoothly across the body as my BB-8 does.

As well, I worry about constantly playing with the rolling function may cause scratching of the glossy black finish of the droid.  Taking a closer look at my pictures after doing my video where I demonstrate it (see it at the end of the feature), I can already see some subtle scratch lines.

I find the “head” of be pretty accurate to what we see on the screen.  The areas/sensors that can be illuminated look great and there’s a bit of silver paint in certain areas. Besides that, there is sculpting around the head but because of the glossy black, it doesn’t pop very well.  It’s expected but at least the unique design of the droid’s head makes up for details popping out at you.

The antennae on the figure do not need to be placed at the top of the head like BB-8’s did, so you won’t worry about those coming loose or snapping them.

The stand for the figure is lightweight and does it’s job – it keeps BB-9E in its place.  I would have like to have a nameplate for the droid like other figures get, though.

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The main difference with the body of BB-9E when compared to BB-8 is the use of the circular grates.  You can remove one of them to find the area where you insert the batteries for the body.  When turned on, there are two places in the body where it omits light.  Unfortunately, they’re not that bright.

The battery compartment for the head is similar to BB-8’s and the switch to turn on the lights for the head is practically in the same place underneath.  I run through it all in the video.

UPDATE – thanks to YouTube user Boba Vader, he alerted me that there are actually TWO removable grate areas.  I thought Hot Toys had sent an extra two batteries for some reason.  That means BB-9E actually has four lit up areas on its body.  They still don’t glow as bright as I would like, but it’s actually more value for the figure. Thanks, Boba Vader!

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As you can see from the pictures below, the areas that light up are obvious for the head but it is difficult to see in the body.  When you turn off the lights, or are at least in a darker area, they do come through a bit better.

Here’s BB-9E with the first BB-8 release for some comparison.  Two bad when you got them both together, they couldn’t engage in some sort of Rock Em Sock Em Robots action (for those who actually get that reference).  Maybe they’re saving that for Episode IX.

I know this review (and the video) isn’t as long as many other of my sixth scale features but that’s really because what you see is what you get, besides the light feature.  I used $50 in international thank you credits from Sideshow to get this guy so I think it cost me around $50 US for it.  I’m sure the shipping and customs charges I’m going to get will basically wipe those savings (damn it), but I still got the figure cheap.  Now that I have it in hand, I still think it would be worth it, although an $80 price point seems a bit more reasonable.  Then again, the extra light feature in the body probably added more to the cost of the figure, so I understand the price point.  I just wish it was brighter.  Props to Hot Toys for making this lil’ droid available separately.

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Enjoy the video!

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